September 5th, 2007
12:11 AM ET
11 years ago

Sen. Larry Craig reconsidering resignation

Sen. Larry Craig announced his intention to resign on Saturday.

BOISE, Idaho - Sen. Larry Craig is reconsidering his decision to resign after his arrest in a Minnesota airport sex sting and may still fight for his Senate seat, his spokesman told the Associated Press Tuesday evening.

"It's not such a foregone conclusion anymore, that the only thing he could do was resign," said Sidney Smith, Craig's spokesman in Idaho's capital.

"We're still preparing as if Senator Craig will resign Sept. 30, but the outcome of the legal case in Minnesota and the ethics investigation will have an impact on whether we're able to stay in the fight - and stay in the Senate," Smith added.


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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. RB

    Dear Larry,

    you are a indeed a gift that keeps on giving.


    Your friends from across the aisle.

    September 5, 2007 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  2. David, Ashland, Oregon

    Well, in our system, a guilty plea is as good or better than any conviction. He plead guilty on his own. This guy had almost two full months to consult an attorney (and some evidence suggests he did), yet he says he felt "pressured" and "entrapped". Baloney!

    September 5, 2007 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  3. anon, ottawa, ON

    Whether he resigns or not is between him and the people he represents in Idaho, and the republican party. He is drawing bad publicity to the republican party and other republican candidates in the upcoming election.

    I doubt that he can reverse his guilty plea from the court before sept 30 (his intended resignation date).

    To many people, he is guilty as charged, because he, being an educated and a law maker himself, signed the guilty plea 7 weeks after the washingroom incident.

    While being gay is nothing to be ashamed of, but being gay in the closet and bashing gay people at the same time in public makes him a hyprocrite to hold a public office.

    September 5, 2007 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  4. Rodney Dallas TX

    "I feel that he was invloved in an entrapment sting which I feel should be illegal."

    Posted By Mike Mitchell, Mount Sterling, KY : September 4, 2007 8:48 pm

    So Mike, if this is your stand on the matter, do you also think the child predators on Dateline NBC are all being intrapped? You can only be intrapped if you are coerced into doing something. Craig made the first move, the second move, the third move. He instigated it. There was no intrapment there. He knew what he was doing.

    September 5, 2007 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  5. jenn florida

    this is just like when we used to burn men and women in the 1700's because we thought they were witches...or killed and discriminitaed against jews cause we thought they were a 100 years we wont care whos gay or straight and we shouldnt now. its noones business. as long as they do a goodjob, and people from idaho never complained before they said they were represented well, so let the man do his job, especially if hes good at it andmind your own business. everyone made a big deal when President Clinton was caught but at the end of the day his records show that we had the best foreign relations with other countries while he was president( you know which helped alot since we were getting attacked and in fear of our lives everyday), we had the lowest unemployment rate and we were not nearly in debt of where we are now. So enjoy good representation when you have it and go on with your life, pretending your not discriminative.

    September 5, 2007 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. dawn -- Gaithersburg, MD.

    Please Sen. Craig, please reconsider. Nothing could be better for Idaho, your career and marriage, not to mention the GOP's 2008 prospects than spending the next 18 months reminding non-sex-in-the-bathroom-seeking Americans of how many times they could've innocently peered into a closed stall, blocked it with their roller bag, played footsie with the person in the stall next to them, bent down to pick up filthy toilet paper off an unspeakable airport bathroom floor, BUT DIDN'T. There but for the grace of God go ... NONE OF US. Fighting the guilty plea and staying in the Senate will show the same excellent judgment that doubtless led to the behavior described above.

    September 5, 2007 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  7. Rachel, Santa Rosa, CA

    There can only be one response to this:

    This is ridiculous.

    September 5, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    I guess Senator Craig might change his mind because he is not being offered the standard perks that retiring conservative Republicans expect.

    You know, a slap on the back from President Bush, the Medal of Freedom from President Bush, a commuted sentance from President Bush ...

    September 5, 2007 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. Colin, Milwaukee WI

    am a democrat and even though he is a republican, I don't believe Senator Craig should resign unless he is PROVEN guilty. I feel that he was invloved in an entrapment sting which I feel should be illegal. Are there any other gay incidents involving him?

    Posted By Mike Mitchell, Mount Sterling, KY : September 4, 2007 8:48 pm

    I like to see the Senator take that plea back and beat that officer in court. I am sick of the tricks that police officers play and how they trap you. Terrible judgement by the Senator in pleading guilty but, in a situation like that I don't even know how I would have reacted. Fight this Senator.

    Posted By Rafael Richmond Virginia : September 4, 2007 9:33 pm

    I believe Sen. Craig should fight the charges against him. This is obviously a case of entrapment by the Police. What are the chances that a undercover Police Officer would be in the bathroom? If Sen. Craid did tap the Officers foot, did the Officer have to tap back? I am becoming very leary of the Police in this country. It is evident that Sen. Craig made some bad choices, however I don't believe a police witch hunt on the Senator was appropriate. I believe he was set up. Pure and simple. This is a case of making a mountain out of a mole hill.

    Posted By Eugene Loughran, Wilmington, NY 12997 : September 4, 2007 10:38 pm

    Entrapment – 2 : the action of luring an individual into committing a crime in order to prosecute the person for it.

    This Senator gave all the signals of a hook-up to this undercover cop in what's considered to be a haven for homosexual activities in American airports. The police did not force him to tap his foot back or run his hand on the bottom of the stall divider.

    The whole purpose of undercover police activity is to remain "undercover" Eugene. Police don't dress as police for undercover activities. And yes, this was a sex sting going on for months in that same airport bathroom.

    You 3 need to get a clue about entrapment. This sting is no different than speed traps, undercover drug stings, and undercover prostitution stings. Are you going to go to court next time and claim entrapment the next time you get caught speeding?

    Read up more about the facts of the case before you bleed your hearts out for this guy because he was "entrapped"

    September 5, 2007 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. coastcontact

    Both political parties are hypocritical so there is no point in discussing who has the high moral ground. The Republicans have made morals a cornerstone of their party. Now they must eat humble pie. Larry Craig pled guilty very quickly. Does an innocent man do this?

    Republican leadership was correct in banishing this man because they want to protect the party. Homosexuality no longer carries the stigma that it did in previous times. This indicates the Republican Party is out of touch with most Americans.

    September 5, 2007 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
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